Graphic for New Year's Resolution Reading ChallengeWhat do you want to accomplish in the New Year? Will reading a book help you reach your goal, keep your resolution, or complete your project? Start the year off right by reading books that support your goals, resolutions, and projects — join the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge!

We’re almost a dozen days into the New Year — how are your resolutions and projects going? What books have you started to help you reach your goals? Record your progress on your blog and use the link list below. Or, report your progress in the comments on this post so that we can all cheer you along.

I already feel like the year is speeding along! Here is my progress on the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge:

Resolution 1: Kick my addiction to outrage. As promised, I finished Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. I’m still letting myself sit with what happens next. A review doesn’t seem like enough. As I said yesterday, I’m considering a year of Compassionate Sundays to work through this book again slowly. Anyone else interested?

Resolution 2: Write a travel article. I made some progress in The Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing by Don George. The sample articles are really interesting and helpful models for any future articles that I might write.

Resolution 3: Learn about the e-book business supported by one of several titles available at the library. I still haven’t tracked down the list of books that I know I made a couple of months ago. Oh well, it will turn up.

Resolution 4: Be more creative. I posted my second discussion piece about our Read Along of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, complete with a drawing of my external “genius.” We’re still only 78 pages in to this short book, so there’s plenty of time to join us! Next week, we’re reading and discussing Part III, Permission.

What do you want to accomplish in 2016? What books might help? Let me know if you want suggestions — I’ve compiled a few ideas from hosting previous years of the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge.


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